Abbie DiAngelo was recently awarded the coveted cooking award in France; her Princeton restaurant is thriving, and her son is in the midst of a great little-league season. Then she receives a visit from Ian MacGregor, her stepbrother.

After seeing a piece on the news about Abbie's award, Ian decides that after he is released from jail, like it or not, his sister is going to fund his new life. Claiming to have information that could potentially harm her mother, Abbie has no choice other but to comply with Ian's demands.

When she goes to pay him off, however, Ian is dead. Yet another man dives for Abbie's car and demands the money that was meant for Ian.

From the beginning, homicide detective John Ryan thinks there is more to this case than appears. He pushes Abbie to reveal what she's hiding, and she tries to fight her feelings for him and keep her secrets hidden at the same time.

With a large cast of shady, secretive characters, Heggan could have had an extremely suspenseful story. Unfortunately, the only true mystery doesn't come into play until three-quarters of the way through the book. (Jan., 400 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson